February 2019 | Volume 2 | Houston, TX
Join our friends at Trek Travel on Thursday, March 7 th at 6pm, at our West University shop. Learn more about enjoying a cycling vacation that you will remember for a lifetime. Whether you want to experience the Tour de France or looking for a luxury adventure, Trek Travel promises an unforgettable getaway. Many of our Houston cycling friends have figured out why an adventure on a bicycle takes a vacation and turns it into an extraordinary experience. 

The attention to details, world class bicycles, quality guides and incredible accommodations make Trek Travel one of the world's best tour operators. Join us for a fun evening as we sit back, relax and discover how your next vacation could be a cycling vacation!
Join the Bike Barn Team...it's a GREAT experience.
There is still time for you to sign up for the BP MS 150 and the Bike Barn Team. If you have been on the fence about riding, it’s time to get on the side of doing something amazing this year and having a blast doing it! This ride is an fun experience shared by thousands of like-minded Houstonians. You will finish the ride with an incredible sense of accomplishment and joy.

Join our team and we will take care of all the ride logistics, feed you well and make sure your trip to Austin is smooth and hassle free. To find out more on the BP MS 150 and the Bike Barn Team, check out our Resource Center.
If you have made the decision to ride or are still kicking the thought around, then attend this informative ride orientation geared towards new riders. On February 20 th at our West University location join other new riders and learn the fun facts about the ride. 

The MS Society staff will walk you through the details of the event and help answer any questions you have about the weekend. Topics include: training, safety, nutrition, weekend logistics and many other topics. We look forward to seeing you 6-8pm on February 20 th . Bring your questions, this is a free event, but please register.
Get all your Questions answered at this informative clinic by the MS Society!
Share your support on 4 new Houston bike path projects!
If you ride a bike in Houston then you are aware of Memorial Park and possibly have ridden many miles on the "picnic loop". Memorial Park needs your support for 4 different connection paths leading to the park. Please check out the details on the attached link and if you support all 4, lend your comments to ALL of them.

These new paths open many options for commuters moving around the City, access to the park, but also routes over I10 and south into West University. Please share your comments and help Houston secure funding for better bike paths.
Join us on Thursday February 28 th and come learn from our amazing fit experts and discover how you can improve your fit and comfort on your bicycle. Leave with 3 Great Tips on improving your comfort and experience while riding. During this workshop we will focus on:

  • Bike Sizing vs Fitting – Why it matters and what you need to know.

  • How to check cleat, saddle and handlebar positions.

  • How to eliminate cycling discomfort and improve your enjoyment on the bike.

Your eBike Shop!

eBikes are helping introduce our sport to many new riders and helping some current riders continue to ride and keep up with their cycling friends. Check out the new Trek Domane +, an amazing new road eBike.

This bike is a great combination of design and technology suitable for all types of riders. eBikes are more than another bicycle, they have the potential to take the place of a automobile at many homes.

The Humble Lions Club Bike Ride on February 9 th is a great charity ride benefiting Handicapped and Diabetic Children and the Hearts Scholarship Foundation.

This BP MS 150 recommended ride winds its way around the Lake Houston area with 3 route distances from 22-55 miles. 

NEW: Stick around afterwards for free eBike rides. Our demo trailer will be onsite after the ride.
The Bulldog Ride and Pancake Breakfast on February 16 th out of Waller is a beautiful BP MS 150 recommended ride. Enjoy the quiet country riding with rolling hills and minimal traffic with 3 route distances of 25, 32 & 50 miles.

After the ride, make sure to get in line for fresh homemade pancakes served by students and staff from Waller Junior High School!

And stick around for free eBike rides, our demo trailer will be onsite after the ride.
February is the month to share your favorite experiences with someone you love…or at least kind-of-like. Our Buffalo Bayou Rental shop has a lovely offer for those wanting to cruise and explore Buffalo Bayou.

Come down and rent any bike and the second bike is ½ price, this includes cruisers, hybrids and tandems. We will be open on Thursday February 14 th at 3pm for your evening cruise. And our Valentines offer will be extended all weekend through the 17 th of February. Mention code LoveBike or reserve online.

Keep an eye on the Bayou Rentals page for weather updates.
Bike Barn is proud to partner with the MS Society's Houston Community Council for a wonderful new program. The Council is focused on enabling people with Multiple Sclerosis to participate in the BP MS 150. Qualifying applicants will be able to ride on a loaner eBike with full support.

The eBike Challenge is now accepting names of interested riders. Qualified riders are those with Multiple Sclerosis, have some riding experience and commit to training and starting the BP MS 150 in 2019.

Come to our West University shop on Wednesday February 6 th at 6:45 pm for Wheels, Wine & Women, presented by Bayou City Outdoors. This ladies-only clinic will cover how to transport your bike, change a flat, fix your chain and do general safety checks.

Wine and snacks are provided and no need to bring your bike, but definitely bring a girl friend! This is a free event, please RSVP here.
If you enjoy New Orleans, riding a bicycle and supporting a great cause, this is your ride! The Tour du Rouge leaves Houston on May 5th headed to New Orleans. It is a 6 day, 530 mile adventure that takes you on the wonderful back-roads between Houston and New Orleans.

Support for this ride is amazing! Accommodations, meals and ride support are all included in your fundraising. This ride supports a great local non-profit, The ARC of Greater Houston, supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Looking for a fun weekend and a great ride? Then try something fun and different, it’s only 90 minutes from Houston. The CHI St. Joseph Gran Fondo is Sunday March 3 rd and hosted at The Stella Hotel in Bryan/College Station.  

Head up on Saturday and experience this wonderful new boutique hotel. Pick-up your packet, enjoy dinner and some music the night before the ride.  Then Sunday, roll out of bed and start the ride at the The Stella Hotel entrance, in other words, you can sleep late (for a Houston cyclist). There are multiple routes to choose from 20, 40, 70 and 100 miles. This is really a fun event, well organized and supports the CHI St. Joseph and their work in treating local cancer patients.

January has flown by so fast, we forgot to start training. Many of you might be in the same boat, but not to worry, there is still time before the BP MS150. February is a key training month, don't listen to the excuses. Opportunities surround us, there are plenty of great training rides, check out our calendar or you can still join the Ready2Roll Series.

And looking at a new bicycle...ask about our new prepaid maintenance programs. Only $99 for 2-years of worry free riding.

Lee and Neil